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Fracture by Megan Miranda
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bookshelves: received-for-review, young-adult, to-review, fiction, paranormal
Read from December 18, 2011 to January 06, 2012

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This is one novel that sure knows how to grab your attention in terms of suspense. In Fracture, Delaney Maxwell an average teen girl along with her best friend Decker are braving to cross a frozen lake while on a daily walk out during winter. Everything is going well when the ice cracks and Delaney shockingly spills through the fractures of this ripple in the lake. Delaney accounts to us in deep moments of deep desperation the thoughts of fearing death.

Faint crackles turned to snaps and crunches, and then silence. I didn't move. Maybe it would hold if I stayed still. I saw Decker's legs sprinting back toward me. And then the ice gave away. "Decker!"I screamed. I felt the water, thick and heavy, right before I went under ---and then I panicked and panicked and panicked. I didn't have the presence of mind to think, Please God, don't let me die. I wasn't brave enough to think, I hope Decker stayed back.My only thought, playing on a repetitive loop, was No, no,no,no,no.

She wants to live for something! In these dark moments a voice calls to her in a whisper to "Rage against the dying of the light". Here's where Fracture may very well capture anyone's attention. Delaney seizes to be a regular girl but a girl who has escaped death. Her new life begins again when Decker resucitates her with CPR. Everyone soon in her town from hearing on her miracle is now awed or cautious around her. Her own family proves to slowly break at the seams when Delaney's mother seems to think her dear baby Delaney isn't right. Delaney sadly has to face problems from everywhere herself. Also occupying her mind is her best friend of many years, Decker who has been completely loyal and a rock to stand by. Even so, she can't understand his episodes of occasional jealousy towards her relationships with other guys. Leading to tough disputes between themselves. So when Troy a man who is like how Delaney is now, she can't help but believe she finally doesn't have to be alone anymore.

Fracture has a very mellow writing style to follow that is entertaining to just take in. In terms of characters Delaney will sure turn out to be a likeable character. She's not a your regular convention of a character. She projects everything through her thoughts and actions that play well. Decker while not the main character can be felt at times through scattered mentions in the novel. Such as when Delaney wants him to read to her in the hospital after her accident.

"Actually, I already did," I picked up Catch-22 and clutched it to my chest." "I need to read this. But can't. Headaches." I held it out to him and smiled. Decker shook his head and leaned backward. " I don't read assigned books. Goes against everything I believe in." I smiled wider. " I'll be your best friend."I can't believe I begged my parents to let me come here for this." he said. But he took the book all the same. He sat facing my bed, feet propped upon the edge, knees bent. And he began to read. " It was love at first sight...."
He looked at me over the pages, " I feel ridiculous."
"Shhh, Shhh, Shhh, you're perfect."

It's not just Delaney and Decker though, other characters are all very three-dimensional.
It's obvious Fracture aims at having a story of life vs. death and love vs. friendship punctured with the paranormal. For the most part it succeeds quite nicely with its use of pleasant if not complex relationships and mystery of the elusive paranormal.
Overall: Touching read
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Romance

Contains: Complex Relationships, Paranormal Elements
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